More Cite Obesity as Most Urgent Health Problem

More Americans than in the past say obesity is the most urgent health problem facing the United States, climbing to a new high of 16%. …

Despite the growing concern in the U.S. about obesity, it still ranks third on the list of most urgent health problems. Americans’ top health concern remains access to healthcare, as it has been since 2007, but the 23% who name the issue this year is down slightly from 27% in 2011. The cost of healthcare is a close second, with the 19% naming it as the most urgent health issue — on par with the past three years. [cont.]

Elizabeth Mendes, Gallup